The Carter Presidential Center is a 37 acre retreat located just two miles from downtown. The Japanese garden was a gift from Yoshida Tadao, founder and president of Yoshida Kogyo KK (YKK) as an expression of his long personal friendship with President Carter.
The garden imitates a landscape of deep mountains and secluded valleys. The two waterfalls that are at the core of the design represent the president and his wife. The two stone lanterns placed in the heart of the garden symbolize the hope implict in the Carter Center.
Just one kettle
Is enough for cha-no-yu -
How lacking in conviction to yearn
For so many utensils.
Moteba cha-no-yu wa
Naru mono o
Yorozu no dogu